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Plant Sterols and Stanols to the Rescue
Plant sterols and stanols (they are also called phytosterols and phytostanols) are lipid-like (fat-like) compounds found in grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables that have been studied since the '50s and proven for their cholesterol-lowering benefits.
Plant sterols and stanols look like cholesterol. So, they work by blocking receptor sites for cholesterol, connecting to cholesterol in the intestine and preventing it from being absorbed. This results in lowering the LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Unfortunately, we simply can't get enough plant sterols and stanols in our daily diets to make an impact on our cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that we would have to eat 1-2 grams of plant sterols and stanols a day--that is a lot (see chart below). That's why a supplement containing plant sterols and stanols is so terrific.
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